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Joel Edgerton Miscellany (& a little Dash of Nash), Joel’s next film, “Bright,” begins filming in September, and screenwriter Max Landis began dropping some more hints at Comic-Con this week about the tone of his highly inventive, “hard R” rated fantasy/action thriller which will revolve around the adventures and travails of an Orc cop (Joel Edgerton) and a Human cop (Will Smith). Landis described “Bright” as “a cop movie – a very grounded relationship story between 2 officers of the LAPD…

Joel Edgerton Miscellany (& a little Dash of Nash), Whilst on “The Gift” PR trail, one MMA-loving journalist asked Joel what it had been like to work with Tom Hardy. Joel responded with a fond chuckle and the following assessment of Tom’s talents: “Tom and I had a great time working on ‘Warrior.’ I had a very special time with him…I think he’s an excellent actor and he’s one of those people who sort of permeates - you know - exudes a level of danger that most actors will never achieve. And…

Joel Edgerton Miscellany (& a little Dash of Nash), Although he was unable to accept his Virtuosos Award at the Santa Barbara Film Festival last night in person because he was in LA attending the Directors Guild of America awards ceremony where he was nominated for Best First-Time Feature for “The Gift,” Joel did make a virtual appearance via video. Roger Durling, the festival’s executive director, explained that the Virtuosos Awards are presented to “a special group of actors who have put…

Joel Edgerton Miscellany (& a little Dash of Nash), “I’ll keep acting, for sure [but] directing really felt good. I wouldn’t want to do it every job, but I definitely think I’ve earned the right to go and make another movie based on the goodwill and the reviews. Financially, we made a successful movie [with ’The Gift’]. Hollywood is all about commodity and if you make a movie for $5 million and turn it into $30 million, it’s a pretty safe bet they’ll want you again.” – Joel Edgerton on his…

Joel Edgerton Miscellany (& a little Dash of Nash), “Sometimes you pick up a screenplay and genuinely don’t know what’s going to happen next. That was the feeling I got from ‘Midnight Special.’ The special effects took a backseat. It reminded me of 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' in a really good way.“ – Joel Edgerton

Joel Edgerton Miscellany (& a little Dash of Nash), “That’s the terrifying part. I’ve been involved in writing movies before, and it’s so much more exposing to watch a movie at a premiere or festival when you’ve been behind the ideas behind it. As an actor you can say, ‘I was just part of a team. I was helping someone else facilitate their vision.’” “I always joked that if a movie’s great, you stand up and take all the credit as an actor, and if the movie’s terrible you stand up and point…

Joel Edgerton Miscellany (& a little Dash of Nash), “Edgerton is surprisingly genuine, not only in the characters he chooses to play and write, but also in his humorous, and refreshingly honest take on his elite industry.“

Joel Edgerton Miscellany (& a little Dash of Nash), [click for large high-res images] “The film is made by stunning lead performances from Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga. After the premiere, Nichols told me he’d written the parts for Richard and Mildred Loving, and his challenge in casting the movie was finding actors who could live up to that.” “Edgerton feels like a lock on a nomination for a measured, honest performance, but it’s Negga who proves to be the revelation. This is a major…

Joel Edgerton Miscellany (& a little Dash of Nash), “That’s the joy of being an actor sometimes … There are lots of cerebral things that require deep sensitivity and thought [but] then there are days like Scout camp. The little boy in me is still very much alive and goes, ‘Oh fuck, I rode a chariot today!’ It makes me happy. Put a sword in my hand and suddenly I’m eight years old again.”

Joel Edgerton Miscellany (& a little Dash of Nash), Additional images from the 4 November 2016 issue of “The Hollywood Reporter” featuring Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga